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Linda Grant has written a book about clothes. The only problem is, it's awful. What on earth was going on in her head as she wrote it?

“A correct view of the new machine for winding up the ladies,” anon, circa 1830

The Thoughtful Dresser By Linda Grant (Virago, £11.99) Hello. My name is Linda Grant and I’ve been shortlisted for the Man Booker prize. I remember getting ready for the announcement of the 2008 Man Booker Prize. For which I was shortlisted. The only woman. I took a sea-green dress and high heels along to a designer friend of mind and he was like, Linda, are you sure? And it really got me thinking. Now, I’ve written a book about clothes, books, and other matters.

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